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Anchorage Market & Festival

225 E St, Lower Bowl On 3rd Avenue between C and E Streets, Anchorage, AK 99501
+1 907-272-5634
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Fun craft market

Great market. Mostly products from Alaskan craftsmen, some fruits and vegetables. Lots of food... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2016
Don't eat before you get here

We had lunch before going to the market - what a mistake, there was so much on offer here. There... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2016
Strathmore, Australia
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2017 is the 26th season for the Anchorage Market & Festival in our home at 3rd & E Street in downtown Anchorage. It was first established in 1992 as the Anchorage Downtown Saturday Market, and consisted of about two dozen vendors with an emphasis on fresh Alaska Grown produce. The mission of the market was "To provide a conveniently located family oriented open-air Market for Alaska residents and visitors to shop and enjoy Alaska's beautiful summer season while creating economic opportunities for local citizens and businesses." From its beginnings through the 1998 Season the "Saturday Market" was operated by the Anchorage Parking Authority. In 1999, the Anchorage Parking Authority issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the management of the Market and this was awarded to its current manager, Webb's Consulting and Management Services, Inc. of Anchorage. Under the management of Webb's Consulting the Market grew and flourished into what it is today, one of the largest and most successful open-air weekend Markets of its kind in the United States. Eighteen weekends starting in mid-May and ending in mid-September constitute our season so that we provide the Anchorage community and visitors with a summer weekly attraction and family event suitable for the enjoyment of adults and children of all ages without charging for admission. During the 2017 season, more than 300 vendors will fill our booths to offer Alaska's largest variety of products, including unique handmade arts, crafts and gifts by Alaskan artisans, collectibles, furs, jewelry, fresh produce, a wide variety of foods to eat at the market or take home and so much more! But shopping is only part of the Anchorage Market & Festival's appeal. Our Main stage provides continual entertainment during operating hours of 10AM to 6PM on Saturdays and 10AM to 5pm on Sundays while buskers (street entertainers) perform in the area by headquarters and in the aisles throughout the market. Our 30 food booths make us Anchorage's largest restaurant with the most diverse and exciting menu in town. However, food and shopping are 2nd and 3rd on the pollster's results as the reason to visit Anchorage Market & Festival. People (and dog) watching, along with the general ambiance of the place are way out in 1st place with market-goers. The Anchorage Market & Festival has become a very special event and destination for many locals and visitors, and plays a very important role in our community. Counts by consultants and staff show that more than 600,000 people attended the market last season and more are expected this season, an astonishing 30,000-40,000 visitors per week. Considering Anchorage's population of about 300,000, this is a truly amazing number!
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225 E St, Lower Bowl On 3rd Avenue between C and E Streets, Anchorage, AK 99501
+1 907-272-5634
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Reviewed 14 August 2016

Great market. Mostly products from Alaskan craftsmen, some fruits and vegetables. Lots of food choices. Some of the same vendors as in Talkeetna. There is sidewalk chalk for kids at the totem pole.

Thank Susansqu
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We had lunch before going to the market - what a mistake, there was so much on offer here. There was music to listen to, market stalls to wander through and some beautiful sled dogs to have pictures taken with.

Thank jillreading08
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Do not eat before you come or you will be mad at yourself. I stopped at black coffee and got a cold brew, it was delicious. I loved talking to the various vendors, they were super knowledgeable. You can real Alaskan gifts here and support...More

Thank heathermsw
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Have your picture taken with the dog sled, listen to music or browse the many booths with jewelry, peanut brittle, local author on Alaska history, hats, knives, photography, fresh produce (berries), etc.. Some vendors have local goods, some have cheap goods.

Thank T C
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

If you are in Anchorage on a Saturday this is a must do. There are many unique booths with arts, crafts and souvenirs. Good food is available there too.

Thank Angie A
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Lots of cool vendors Selling goods that they crafted. Lots of vendors, good atmosphere Even started the day out w the singing of the star spangled banner

Thank PharmIDGirl
Reviewed 4 August 2016

There were a few booths that had some interesting alaskan art, otherwise just an area to people watch and wander

Thank MamaG3
Reviewed 3 August 2016

We could see this market when we arrived into town on the train from Seward. We had just enough time to walk around and browse the market before our flight home. Great place for Alaska souvenirs and some tasty salmon tacos or quesadilla. It was...More

Thank dshendri
Reviewed 1 August 2016

We particularly enjoyed meeting with photographer/author John Tidwell and yes we did buy his book. Fascinating and informative it is about "The Polar Bears of Barrow". There were many other photographs at other stalls were a very good option for gifts and memories as well....More

Thank annski
Reviewed 31 July 2016

great food options. From fresh salmon, reindeer sausages, fresh fruit smoothies. It was hard to pick just one. Lots of great craft booths. It takes about a hour if you take your time to see the whole market.

Thank Karla N
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Candace S
Hi, when does this market open for the summer?
9 February 2017|
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Response from Dana K | Reviewed this property |
I believe it open at or around 9 am on Saturday.
Sherry B
What are the hours on Saturday and is it open on Sunday?
20 July 2015|
Response from MissBehavior81 | Reviewed this property |
The hours were listed as 10-6pm both Saturday and Sunday in the information booklet thst I picked up. I went the two Saturdays that I was in town. The food vendors do pack up and leave once they are sold out.
Sherry B
What are the hours on Saturday and is it only Saturday? Open Sunday???
20 July 2015|
Response from bjf347 | Reviewed this property |
According to their website, the market is open on Saturdays from 10 to 6 and on Sundays from 10 to 5.